No Reserve: 1962 Sears Puch Compact D50 Scooter

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This 1962 Sears Puch Compact Scooter is an early model that has been preserved in near-original condition with 707 miles on the odometer. The scooter is unrestored in bright white with red seat and trim, and features its original 60cc two-stroke engine and three-speed transmission. Sears began carrying Puch scooters in 1961, and though these models can be confused with Sears Allstate brand scooters, they do not have Allstate badges or decals. The owner reports that this Puch starts on the first kick and runs well. The scooter recently received new fluids and is sold on a bill of sale.

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The seller rode the scooter during the Bikes & Blues Festival in Silver City, New Mexico in late May, and says it attracted just as much attention as the big Harleys. The seller notes he had the scooter up to 35 mph, but slowed when he remembered the tires and tubes are 54 years old.

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The paint, decals, seat cover and foam, rubber floorboard mats, chrome trim, and tires are all said to be original.

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Headlight, brake light, speedometer, and horn are said to work. Note the vintage Sears logo on the back of the seat.

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Although the scooter has been stored in a garage, some surface rust and paint damage are evident, particularly on the chain guard and the edges of the floorboards.

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The engine is a one-cylinder 2-stroke unit with a 3-speed gearbox. When new, the engine produced 3.9hp and was said to get 100mpg. It was reportedly capable of speeds up to 42 mph. Because these models were sold as a “50”, it was not subject to registration requirements, and therefore has never been titled. The seller believes the true displacement is 60cc.

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The VDO speedometer and odometer are said to function, and the imperfection in the speedo lens is actually an old spider web. Chrome trim surround shows light pitting.

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The model number can be seen on the plate above. The seller recently serviced the scooter by changing the transmission fluid, lubricating cables, and cleaning the fuel tank. He notes that the tires show no dry rot and were retained for originality, but should be replaced before the scooter is driven further. A set of believed original tools are marked as Made in Austria and can be viewed in the gallery below. They fit in a storage compartment under the seat and are included the sale.

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